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Nada Bakos, a Senior Fellow in the Program on National Security at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, is a highly-regarded national security expert with 20 years of in-depth knowledge base in global intelligence. She was a 2018 Templeton Fellow at FPRI. As a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) analyst, she was a key member of the team charged with analyzing the relationship between Iraq, al-Qaeda and the 9/11 attacks. Subsequently, during the war in Iraq, Ms. Bakos was asked to serve as the Chief Targeting officer tracking one of the world’s most wanted terrorist, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. In 2006, Zarqawi was killed in a targeted strike conducted by US military forces. She was recently featured in the Emmy-award winning HBO documentary, Manhunt, and is a frequent media commentator.

After leaving the CIA, Ms. Bakos worked in a key role with Starbucks Corporation Public Affairs and as a consultant to a variety of organizations.  Ms. Bakos has worked with C-level corporate executives, senior level government officials, and front-line-technical teams to help them understand the business or security-related context to deploying new processes and technologies.

Her book, The Targeter, was published by Little, Brown in June 2019. 


34 years of experience at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a Special Agent and HR Manager. Balanced concern for individual workers and organizational interests, developed recruitment workforce strategies and implemented standard operating procedures to achieve mission goals with limited personnel and budgetary resources. A strong advocate for professional development and allowed personnel the freedom to explore innovative ideas and express creativity to achieve mission goals and strategies. Firm knowledge of federal labor laws, approaches to cultivating workplace diversity and equal employment opportunity compliance. Experienced federal law enforcement officer with a demonstrated history of working in a collaborative atmosphere. Strong business development professional seeking a Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership focused in Organizational Development from Grand Canyon University.


Online and Social Media Investigations: Go Beyond the Big Sites

Edward J. Ajaeb is an experienced professional investigator, intelligence analyst, online researcher, business owner, and national speaker specializing in social media and digital investigations, open source intelligence (OSINT), and security analysis.

As founder and president of Nighthawk Strategies based in Washington, D.C., he has built on many years of experience to successfully help clients navigate complex security, intelligence, and investigative needs. As a licensed private investigator, he has developed specialties in social media investigations, background checks, legal investigations, due diligence, and open source intelligence. His clients have included nonprofit organizations, Fortune 500 companies, international research firms, and government officials and agencies.

Ajaeb has appeared on multiple podcasts and published articles in a variety of publications in the security, investigations, and research industries, including Pursuit Magazine, PI Magazine, and Online Searcher. He has presented and lectured at numerous national conferences, including ASIS International’s Global Security Exchange (GSX) conference attended by over 20,000 security management professionals worldwide. Additionally, he is a member of the National Council of Investigation and Security Services (NCISS), the Society of Professional Investigators (SPI), and serves on the board of directors of the Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP).
License Plate Readers & Privacy Issues

Rachel Cracchiola, General Manager, has been with DRN - a Motorola Solutions Company since 2008. Rachel serves US based Law Enforcement Agencies and Special Investigation Units daily. She has an extensive background with LPR data as it pertains to practical use and closing case files. Rachel brings over 10 years of LPR expertise in the technology field and continues to serve the industry with extensive training aimed at teaching users how to gauge maximum benefits from LPR technology. Rachel has grown the DRN Event Links analytical program and paved the way for authorized users to transform their market into a greater success with much less effort. Rachel's active account portfolio exceeds over 50,000 clients.

Forensic Document Examination - State of the Art Equipment that Captured the Smoking Gun Evidence & Handwritings of Arthur Leigh Allen and the Zodiac Killer

Ms. Fisher has over 30 years full-time working experience in conducting handwriting and signature identifications. She also evaluates business and medical documents to determine if they have been fabricated or altered. She tests questionable documents, advises attorneys throughout various litigation process and provides testimony for hearings, arbitrations and depositions. Ms. Fisher is a certified fraud specialist specializing in questionable documents in financial elderly abuse cases.

Ms. Fisher works on medical and dental malpractice cases, wrongful terminations, criminal, immigration, personal injury, tenant-landlord cases, and family law. Ms. Fisher assists licensed private investigators, corporate security, human resource departments, and public agencies who need answers to questions about a broad range of disputed documents. Ms. Fisher has developed a broad background in examination of hundreds of thousands of documents in over 3,000 cases and she has testified in over 245 trials in both state and federal courts. She has provided testimony in regards to arbitrations, hearings, and depositions.
Where babies come from: DNA and its Uses in Investigations

Mr. Gallo is a lawyer and investigator, who after 19 years in Asia where he specialized in pre-investigations and anti-money laundering, he relocated to the United States to become and investigator at the United Nations. He would have sank quietly into obscurity had he not become a whistleblower of some notoriety instead. In addition to being quoted extensively in the media, he has now testified twice in front of Congressional Committees. He retains a special interest in investigations carried out by the UN - the competence and quality of which he is usually very critical - and is also one of the founders of 'Hear their Cries', an NGO focused on fighting sexual abuses by UN personnel. He has been frequently accused of speaking about things he knows nothing about, but his involvement with Hear their Cries has given him an interest in the investigative uses of DNA evidence. 
Online Background Checks

Cynthia Hetherington, MLS, MSM, CFE, CII is the founder and president of Hetherington Group, a consulting, publishing, and training firm that leads in due diligence, corporate intelligence, and cyber investigations by keeping pace with the latest security threats and assessments. She has authored three books on how to conduct investigations and annually trains over 7,200 investigators, security professionals, attorneys, accountants, auditors, military intelligence professionals, and federal, state, and local agencies on best practices. She teaches in the University of Arizona’s College of Applied Science & Technology (CAST) as an adjunct instructor.

For more than 25 years, Ms. Hetherington has led national and international investigations in corporate due diligence and fraud, personal asset recovery, and background checks. With a specialization in the financial, pharmaceutical, and telecommunications industries, her investigations have recovered millions of dollars in high profile corruption cases, assisting on the investigations of the top two Ponzi cases in United States history.

The Proven Path to Six-Figures and Beyond – How to Build a Million-Dollar P.I. Agency

Mike Jaczewski, affectionately known as Ski, is the President & CEO of Toltec. // Brand Protection and a Licensed Private Investigator for over 19 years. He specializes in Intellectual Property Rights Investigations, Corporate Fraud, & Other Complex Case Matters.

Approaching 20 years in the business, Ski has handled sensitive investigative work for individuals, entrepreneurs, attorneys, celebrities, athletes, and numerous Fortune 500 companies.

With encouragement and spiritual support from family and friends, Mike launched Toltec Investigations and has since become the go-to person for countless clients who have come to rely on his efficiency, expertise, and experience. Ski has built an extensive network of professional partners and during his career, has investigated and managed case files in all 50 states and over 70 countries.

TLOxp – Beyond Basics

Aleck Ragsdale is from the Atlanta area and has been a professional training specialist with TransUnion for 5+ years. This has included a strong focus and expertise in Law Enforcement and legal investigation training. He has assisted and presented to customer nationwide in their use and understanding of TransUnion data to solve complex business challenges.
EAGLE Program/Elder Abuse Investigations
Julie Schoen serves as the Deputy Director of the National Center on Elder Abuse, NCEA, a $6 million federally-funded initiative which focuses on information regarding policy, research, training, and resources related to the neglect and exploitation of older adults for policymakers, professionals, and the public. Julie has the ability to build and manage effective organizational relationships collaboratively and forge pragmatic solutions on readily changing and complex aging issues. Her experience working with diverse communities and across generations combined with her ability to work on multiple levels with a wide variety of constituencies is her passion and strength.

She is the lead on designing and deploying the Elder Abuse Guide for Law Enforcement (EAGLE) a project at the behest of the Department of Justice. She works with community partners to implement changes that cross medical, social, mental health and criminal justice systems. She is also certified as a Reframing Elder Abuse expert with the FrameWorks Institute that disseminates a new evidence-based communication strategy on the issue of elder abuse. 

A national expert on elder abuse and neglect, Julie has testified in front of Congress and is a frequent keynote speaker, invited to present at many national conferences including ASA, GIA, NOVA and NAPSA. 

New Approaches to Field Investigation & Reporting
Patrick Quish is the Co-founder of Bird Dog Investigator, the new case logging app that makes your report for you.

Patrick is also Director, Innovation & Strategy at The Portman Square Group, a leading business intelligence firm. Patrick has 15+ years of experience managing and executing complex corporate investigations around the world. He specializes in litigation support, anti-fraud investigations, and due diligence.

Patrick is a member of the Council of International Investigators (CII) and sits on the Advisory Board of Echo Ridge Corp.

He holds a Master's Sc.(Econ) Intelligence and Strategic Studies from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and an M.A. in International Relations from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Previously, Patrick was a research contributor to the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism & Political Violence.

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